In a statement that reads like a threat if you didn't actually love Avatar, James Cameron has said that he doesn't want to make any more movies that aren't sequels to his 2009 blockbuster, still the most financially successful movie of all time (if you don't count for inflation). Promises of potential side projects like a historical film about bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a new James Cameron-directed Terminator (rights to the franchise revert back to the director in 2018) appear to be dashed. However, he will, for those interested, continue to make documentaries.
In an interview with The New York Times, Cameron said, "I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in the “Avatar” business. Period. That’s it. I’m making “Avatar 2,” “Avatar 3,” maybe “Avatar 4,” and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them. I’m not interested in taking scripts. And that all sounds I suppose a little bit restricted, but the point is I think within the “Avatar” landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way."
In addition to the unsettling promise of nothing but Avatar in the future – since whether you liked the film or not, James Cameron is obviously capable of even more – this is also the first we've heard of a potential Avatar 4, indicating Cameron's interest in pursuing the franchise beyond the arbitrary "trilogy" that Hollywood is so obsessed with. The franchise is of course uniquely suited for multiple, even unending sequels, since most of the cast will be able to recreate their characters via motion capture years beyond their ability to convey the same age in real life.
As for those documentaries, Cameron had this to say: "And anything I can’t say in that area, I want to say through documentaries, which I’m continuing. I’ve done five documentaries in the last 10 years, and I’ll hopefully do a lot more. In fact, I’m doing one right now, which is on this, the Deep Sea Challenge project that we just completed the first expedition. So that’ll be a film that’ll get made this year and come out first quarter of next year."
What do you think? Did you love Avatar enough that you're content to see nothing but Avatar sequels from James Cameron from now on? Which of his many potential projects will you regret not ever seeing the most?
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